Police Officer Daniel J. Doffyn

Police Officer Daniel J. Doffyn

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Wednesday, March 8, 1995

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Daniel J. Doffyn

Police Officer Dan Doffyn was shot and killed when he surprised burglary suspects at an apartment complex at 750 N Lorel Avenue at approximately 3:30 pm.

He and other officers were heading for their squad cars at the Austin District police station at the beginning of their shift when they heard a radio report of a burglary in progress at a three-story, 15-unit apartment building directly across the street from the police station. A number of officers rushed to the scene, including Officer Doffyn.

They arrived to the sound of breaking glass. This alerted the officers to an escape attempt out an apartment window. Officer Doffyn ran to a gangway alongside the building and caught one of the suspects just as he was coming out the window. He was preparing to make the arrest when a second suspect opened fire with a Tec-9 automatic handgun. Officer Doffyn was hit twice in areas not covered by his bulletproof vest. He died five hours later during surgery at Cook County Hospital.

Another officer was also shot during the gun battle, but despite a serious leg injury, was still able to return fire and critically wounded the shooter. Three gang members with extensive criminal histories were apprehended at the scene.

Approximately 20 minutes before the shootout with police, the three suspects shot and injured a rival gang member. They fled to the apartment of one of the suspect's girlfriends. She was not home at the time so they broke in. Another tenant in the building called the police to report the burglary. Fearing that police were chasing them for the earlier shooting, one of the suspects reportedly ordered his cohorts to "go at it till the end."

The shooter was sentenced to death, but that conviction was overturned by then-Governor George H. Ryan who issued a moratorium on the death penalty and emptied the state’s death row by commuting the sentences of 167 inmates to life in prison.

On October 17th, 2003, the Illinois Supreme Court ordered new trials for two men convicted of killing Officer Doffyn because the prosecution displayed the bloodstained uniform of Officer Daniel Doffyn. The court applied similar reasoning in their decision that threw out the convictions of two who were sentenced to life in prison for their roles in Officer Doffyn’s shooting.

Police Officer Daniel Doffyn had served with the Chicago Police Department for eight months. He is survived by his 8-year-old daughter and his parents.

Bio

  • Age 40
  • Tour 8 months
  • Badge 14030

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Tech-9
  • Offender Life sentence

burglary, gang member

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I was in Class 94-4C with Dan. He constantly spoke about his daughter Brittnay. I remember the afternoon of his death vividly. The wake was at Drake and Son and the funeral was at IHM Church. I remember being at the first trial of his murders almost daily. I regret I was not there more for the second trial to support Roger, Lea and Brittnay.

July 5, 2020 will mark 26 years completed on the CPD for members of the class still active. The other day I was instructing five new officers. At the end of the tour, I told them to research Dan's name not identifying him. Tonight I asked them who had researched information about Dan. Only one of them had. I discussed Dan and that he constantly talked about Brittnay. I went on to talk about his tragic death and events that transpired after. I think they were humbled.

Brittnay, I hope this message finds you blessed. I am humbled to have known your father. I have never been to Rosehill Cemetary since his burial. I promise in the near future that I will go to Rosehill to honor your Dad. We will never forget.

FTO Shawn M. Hallinan
Chicago Police Department

June 25, 2020

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